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Lent Devotionals: Thursday, March 23

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?!

 

Over the past year or so, I have developed quite a love for racing in obstacle course races. I have competed in 2 Spartan Beasts, 1 Spartan Super, and 1 Spartan Sprint, and I can’t wait for the ones coming this year in the next few months! I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the adrenaline, maybe it’s just the excitement, or maybe it’s the atmosphere, but nonetheless I love racing in all Obstacle Course Races. I love rolling in the mud, I love climbing over all the obstacles, and I love hanging from the monkey bars but mostly I just love doing them. (Except for the sand bag carry, or the bucket carry… those can go away and I would not be sad at all.)

Last year, it was at the Austin Super and Sprint where I began to question my sanity. There was a particular obstacle where we had to crawl through a drainage culvert that was just barely large enough to fit through. Now, when you go through these obstacles people don’t wait for you to finish, they want to finish as fast as possible. So as I began my journey through the culvert, I got halfway across and the person in front of me stopped while the person behind me kept pushing. It was hot, it was muggy, there was no air circulating, and I immediately felt this t tube closing around me. I couldn’t even see the light at the end. It was at this point I felt my blood pressure boiling and panic began to set in. I remember 2 distinct thoughts running through my head: 1) this is how I’m going to die…they’re going to have to dig me out of here. 2) What have I gotten myself into? I’m stuck! But after a few minutes of me calming down and regaining my composure I was able to finally make it out of the culvert although it was not easy.

It’s not the first time I’ve doubted a decision that I made, and it’s not the first time that I’ve gotten into a task or an event and began to think, “I don’t think I can do this.” You see, doubt sets in when we least expect it. Just when we think we’ve got the momentum to carry us through doubt shows its ugly head and forces us to question whether or not we’re on the right track.

Jesus had something to say about doubt. In our text for this week Jesus even seems to get a little irritated about their doubt. Jesus’ response seems to show all the men needed was a little faith, but of course that’s easier said than done. How do we respond when the heat gets turned up? Do you take comfort in the promises of God, or do you rely on yourself. As you continue through the wilderness this week doubt will inevitably creep in. My hope and prayer for you is two things: first, that you will remember Jesus words: “All things are possible for the one who has faith,” and secondly, my hope is that your prayer will be the same as the father in our text, “I have faith help my lack of faith.”



Lent Devotionals: Wednesday, March 22

A Time of Doubt

 

Our scripture is set in the midst of Christ’s ministry. A father, a follower of Jesus, brought his son who had been demonized. The father had faith that Jesus could help, but it was a weak faith. “…If you can do anything, help us! Show us compassion!” Jesus is as much concerned with the faith of this man as he was about the condition of the boy.

“If you can do anything?”

How often we find ourselves in this position of “half faith”. We know Jesus well enough to trust him for many things, but there are others about which we are not very confident. I’m not say we should be arrogant with our faith, and expect everything. There are many things that we don’t understand in the grand scheme of things. In those cases our confidence in Jesus should drive us to Him and His word that we might find understanding.

It seems that this man should have known, by now, that Jesus could, and would, deliver His son. It is not the first healing in his ministry. Surely the Father knew that Jesus turned no one away, but healed everyone who came to Him.

The response of the Father is instructive. “I have faith, help my lack of faith!” Now that I can identify with. There is no question about the ability of Jesus to accomplish anything He desires. He is able! There is a question about my faith to trust Him for it. Like the Father we must all cry out, at times. “Lord, help my lack of faith!”
 
Josh Leblo
Youth Ministry Director